Panther softball starts 6-2

CLERMONT, Fla. — The Middlebury College softball team opened its season in Clermont, Fla., by winning six times in eight games between March 23 and 27.
The Panthers (6-2 heading into two games on Wednesday) are scheduled to play doubleheaders at Norwich and Johnson State on Friday and Saturday, conditions permitting.
The Panthers opened with two wins on March 23. In the first game they shrugged of an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Allegheny, 4-3. Allison Quigley paced the win. She tossed five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, to earn the pitching win, and poked three hits and scored twice, including the go-ahead run in the seventh on a Liza Tarr double.
Tarr picked up two RBIs in all, while Emily Moore and Olivia Bravo doubled and Kaylee Gumm singled as the Panthers tied the game with two runs in the fourth.
In the second game of the day, Thomas took a 5-0 lead before the Panthers bounced back for a 9-5 win. Freshman Emily Morris earned her first career win, throwing five innings of two-hit relief with seven strikeouts. Gumm drilled a two-run homer, Taylor Gardner and Tarr both singled and doubled, Bravo singled twice, Moore belted a two-run triple, Kati Daczkowski contributed an RBI double, and Ali Della Volpe earned an RBI on an infield single.
Middlebury split two games on March 24. The Panthers started with a 5-2 setback against Farmingdale State. Irene Margiotta tossed the first four innings and took the loss, yielding three runs on seven hits, while Quigley gave up two runs (one earned) in the final three innings. Quigley doubled twice and scored twice to pace the Panther attack, and Melanie Mandell singled home a run.
Later in the day the Panthers defeated Juniata, 6-3, as Morris earned the complete-game win, allowing two earned runs. Moore drove in three runs with two triples; Daczkowski tripled in one run before scoring on a wild pitch, and singled home another, and Mandell doubled in a run and singled. Tarr added a pair of hits.
The Panthers won twice on Sunday. They cruised to a 12-2, five-inning victory over Mount Mary in the opener as Margiotta picked up the pitching win, allowing four hits and whiffing nine.
Mandell drove in five runs with a pair of hits, including a grand slam, and scored twice; Quigley homered, doubled, drove in two runs and scored twice; Daczkowski doubled, singled, drove in a run and scored twice; and Gumm and Della Volpe had RBI hits.
In Sunday’s second game the Panthers topped Buffalo State, 5-1. Quigley allowed one run on two hits in five innings while fanning seven, and Morris mopped up, whiffing three in two innings of hitless relief. Moore doubled, singled, drove in a run and scored a run; Gumm tripled home a run and scored a run; Daczkowski singled in a run; Mandell doubled, scored, and drove in a run; and Margiotta doubled and scored.
The Panthers split two games on Tuesday. Wellesley edged them in the first game, 5-4, with Morris taking the complete-game pitching loss allowing three earned run on seven hits with five strikeouts.
Middlebury scored in the second on back-to-back doubles by Daczkowski and Olivia Bravo; in the fourth, when Della Volpe came home on an error; and in the fifth, on Mandell’s two-run homer. Daczkowski and Mandell each had two hits.
Middlebury blanked D’Youville College, 2-0, in the second game, Quigley tossed 5.1 scoreless innings for her third win of the season and 33rd of her career, good for second place in program history. Morris retired all five batters she faced for the save.
Quigley’s first-inning single also plated Mandell, who had doubled. In the third Quigley singled and scored on a Moore hit. Moore’s single gave her a hit in all eight games.

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